Definition of culvert in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəlvərt/

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  • A tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railroad.

    ‘The tanks, roads, culverts and lagoon opening have all suffered through the lack of maintenance.’
    • ‘Aggravating the problems is a pair of culverts through Provincial Road 205, which have been set at the wrong level.’
    • ‘These criminal acts will retard progress and push up costs of building the road as the demolished culverts will have to be replaced.’
    • ‘It is asphalted and the gradient runs south to north up to the village temple, except near the village pond where a culvert has raised the road surface, upsetting the natural gradient.’
    • ‘A nearby culvert, meant to carry away the sewage, is totally damaged.’
    • ‘There are also plans to dig a culvert to carry water if the drainage ditch is full but he doubted there was enough room to dig one within the width of the road.’
    • ‘A culvert has also been opened up below one set of steps and all it would take is for one child to trip and fall head first into it.’
    • ‘What appears to be the problem to us is the size of a culvert underneath the road into the ornamental pond.’
    • ‘Drivers often don't even realize when they cross streams, nor that the culverts built to carry those streams might pose problems to endangered salmon and trout species.’
    • ‘He directed the officials to complete the construction of culverts and link roads and ensure the proper drinking water supply.’
    • ‘According to the 1996 Highway Road Humps Regulations they must not be built on or within 25 metres of bridges, subways, culverts or tunnels.’
    • ‘The South Fork of the Elkhorn River goes under the road in a culvert.’
    • ‘Earth pressure distribution around concrete box culverts has been the subject of a few studies.’
    • ‘The project also required construction of a 29.5-foot fill over an old concrete box culvert.’
    • ‘However, the size and weight of concrete box culverts can make transportation and handling a problem.’
    • ‘They also have to cut several miles of drain, installing several large culverts along the system.’
    • ‘A culvert stabilized with snow was the first structure tested for small streams.’
    • ‘Thus, culverts stabilized with snow are not needed when the stream is already frozen solid.’
    • ‘The figure also shows a little tensile stress at the roof center of larger culverts.’
    • ‘Variables considered in the analysis were culvert size, location, and wall thickness.’
    channel, conduit, watercourse, trough
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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Channel (a stream or drain) through a culvert.

    ‘we have asked for the river to be culverted’
    • ‘a culverted drain’
    • ‘Sprawl and malls are filling in the vacant lots and woodlands where we used to play; rivers and streams are culverted, channelized, and barren; and the coasts, lakesides, and mountains are spotted with trophy homes and locked gates.’
    • ‘He made his report following a motion that the stream be culverted.’
    • ‘Or it might have happened later, when the creek was culverted and the woods cut down to make way for subdivisions and shopping malls.’
    • ‘The river is now culverted beneath the largely Victorian town.’
    • ‘The flood would not have occurred if the stream had not been culverted or if a culvert of sufficient size had been installed.’
    • ‘She has happy recollections of childhood life in the area and the freedom to roam before rivers were culverted and open land was developed.’
    • ‘The plans include culverting part of Willowbeck and the agency has now withdrawn its objection, saying it is satisfied the development ‘will not have a significant effect on flooding in Northallerton’.’
    • ‘But since the city wants to use water diverted from Bradford Beck - which is culverted under the city centre - experts have been working on ways of making sure the river's quality is up to scratch.’
    • ‘And during the next 12 months up to six are likely to be culverted and filled in.’
    • ‘Of course, if I got my planning permission, I'd have to divert yon beck and culvert it away from your place.’
    • ‘Talking to the engineers, environmentalists and politicians responsible, I realised that here, where council engineers want to culvert more of it, we are ten years behind the times.’
    • ‘I have agreed details to culverting streams, adjacent to the M4 motorway, to allow the canal to be extended over these watercourses.’
    • ‘Where I grew up in Ohio, we saw crawdads, or crayfish, in the culverted, sewage-scented ‘creeks’ and would no sooner eat one than we would kitty litter.’
    • ‘Ironically, all that culverting work bounced back in his face, literally, for when we did have a heavy storm, the overflow went the other way and flushed several thousand pounds' worth of rainbow trout into the beck.’


Late 18th century of unknown origin.